Every 2018 midterm Senate race in the country has been decided, save for one: the special election in Mississippi, where voters head to the polls for a runoff election on Tuesday.
In March, the 10th-longest serving U.S. Senator in history, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), announced his retirement effective April 1. A few weeks later, Gov. Phil Bryant (R-MS) appointed Cindy Hyde-Smith, the state’s agriculture and commerce commissioner, to fill the vacancy. Now Hyde-Smith is running to win the seat in her own right and become the first woman to do so from Mississippi.
On Election Day, she faced off against a man running to become the first black senator from the state since Reconstruction, Rep. Mike Espy (D-MS), along with conservative radio show host Chris McDaniel, and another lesser known Democrat, Tobey Bartee.
By election night, it was clear the race would head to a runoff between the two top finishers because no candidate would reach 50 percent of the vote. With just two candidates in the runoff, which counties will be the most important to securing victory for each? Sign up for AR Intel today to read more and find out!